Whether it is graffiti or destroying property in a bout of anger, criminal damage is a serious crime in Arizona wish harsh penalties. As of late, prosecutors are actively seeking out and charging individuals who damage the property of others’ and if they are convicted they may be facing felony charges, fines and full restitution for the damages.
If you have been charged with criminal damage, call the criminal defense team at JacksonWhite Law to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you fight your charges.
According to A.R.S. 13-1602, a person commits criminal damage in Arizona if they do any of the following:
*Property of a Utility: This refers to any utility service, such as water or electricity.
*Defacing: Defacing something means to ruin its appearance. One of the most common forms of defacing is graffiti.
*Intentionally: To have “intent”, a court must prove that your objective was to cause a certain result, or that the damage done was intentional and not by accident.
According to A.R.S. 13-1602, the following are the penalties for criminal damage in Arizona:
When are court is determining the dollar value of property damage, the court will use three factors:
Each of these factors is added to the other to determine the total cost to repair the damage that was done and to return the property back to the condition it was in before the damage occurred.
If you have been convicted of criminal damage in Arizona, a court will determine the total property damages and you must pay the amount the court determines. If you fail to pay the amount the court determines, further financial action can be taken against you as well as further charges may be applied.
If you have been charged with criminal damage in Arizona, depending on the severity of the damages, you are facing up to a class 4 felony which in addition to paying for the damages carries a prison sentence. The criminal defense team at JacksonWhite Law has been successfully obtaining the best case results for their clients for many years now, and they are here to help you.
If you have been charged with criminal damage in Arizona, schedule your free case review today.